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The Stress Factor

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This month I have found myself in a battle with the stress factor once again. This seems to be the single biggest challenge I face in my struggle to lose weight and to make any changes to improve my health (and I suspect I am not alone). Iíve completed Sparkís Stress Busting Challenge and I can manage mild to moderate stress fairly well, but when the moderate to high stress times hit my health struggles become major mountains. Here are a few of the areas the Stress Factor hits the hardest for me:
1) Exercise becomes nonexistent. For me, as stress levels go up, energy levels go down. I manage it make it through work and then when I get home I sit on the couch and even the simplest task is just more than I can manage. Exercise is well beyond even being considered.
2) Nutrition quality goes down. I can usually manage to stay within my calorie range, but I eat whatever is easiest and a lot of comfort foods. Freggies go away almost entirely.
3) Sleep generally becomes difficult to come by. I have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep and when I do sleep I have nightmares so it is not a restful sleep.
4) Water is generally replaced by caffeinated beverages to help get through the day with no sleep.
5) Emotionally when I am stressed I go into hiding. I stop communicating with my friends and loved ones. I stop posting on social media, stop calling or emailing, talk to my spouse less, and even at work I tend to spend as much time as I can in my office and talk to co-workers as little as I can. Here on Spark - I read other's blogs, or posts, but I am not likely to respond any more than clicking 'like', if I even manage that. Yes - I recognize this is probably the opposite of what I should do, but social interaction is always difficult for me and when I am under stress, it simply becomes impossible.

I have read many articles on 'being ready to lose weight' that say you shouldnít try to lose weight when you are in a highly stressful situation. That you should wait until things get better so you are in a better place to be more successful. Honestly, I donít know very many people today who can afford to wait until they are not in a highly stressful time of life to try to lose weight or improve their health. For far too many of us we live most of our lives in a succession of highly stressful situations.
I havenít figured out yet how to deal with the Stress Factor in my life, but it is battle I will continue to fight. I know I donít fight alone and would love to hear how others cope with trying to improve their health when stress is stealing their will and their energy.



Thursday, September 04, 2014

OK - I know I really shouldn't be, but today I am really struggling with discouragement. I weighed today and I gained a pound. I refuse to even enter it into my tracker. It just isn't fair. I have been eating in range, exercising, drinking my water, doing everything right. And I'm up a pound. Now I know it's not much and that we all fluctuate for lots of reasons and there is a part of me that is feeling rather childish for being discouraged. But its my birthday next week and I really wanted to hit one-derland by then and it is not likely now. And the reality is - emotions are not logical. So today I am discouraged.

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NANASUEDEE 9/5/2014 7:50PM

    I sure can identify with your discouragement!!!! I know exactly how that 1 pound feels. You do everything right but that darn scale says otherwise. It's just not fair!!!!
Then in a day or two, it's gone & you're back on track.

You're better than that scale - keep doing what you're doing dear friend!!!!!

emoticon Sue

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    I'm so sorry - it is discouraging but it will go down again - you can do it!

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Frustrated and starting over....again

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I am not quite sure why I do this. I work really hard for several months. Make good progress on my goals. And then, I just stop trying. It almost feels like someone flipped a switch and I just stop. Then I lose the progress I had made and it takes me forever to find a way to start again. The last two months I have undermined everything I was trying to do and gained back 10 of the 20 pounds I had lost. I wish I could find a way to stop this cycle.

For now...I am starting least I am not waiting as long to start over as I have in the past...I guess that is some kind of progress.

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A-NEW-TARA 1/12/2013 12:15AM

    You're back and that's what matters. I think most of us have been through the exact same cycle on many occasions. It's hard to figure out why it happens, some times it's clear other times not so much. But you are back now and we're here for you.

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ALICIAT32 1/1/2013 9:46PM

    Sounds familiar. I've been going through the same things for the last 5 years. I started out at 263 and lost 88 lbs in the next 2 years with one setback of 20 lbs gain. Then I gained 50 lbs back. I've lost 20 lbs again, but i still have 30 to go before I can get back on my journey. I was only 12 lbs from my 100 lb goal and I totally self sabotaged! I don't know what happened, I just stopped trying. I pledge to do better this year. I hope you do too!

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BOXER-MOM 1/1/2013 9:34PM

    You are me ...or I am you lol!

I lost 50 LBS in 7 months, ate right, worked out...than, about 2 months ago...stopped....result 20 LBS back on :(

I know why I quit though...I chose to...I had to have, who else is responsible for me not working out and eating everything junky I could find.

Before I started losing weight I had to lean against the wall in the morning when coming down the stairs because my ankles hurt. I couldn't run more than a few feet without stopping or go up the stairs in my house without being out of breath. I hadn't worn jeans in YEARS!!!

When I was working out ans losing weight, I could go down the stairs in the morning unaided and with no ankle pain...must have been all that extra weight on my ankles causing pain. I not only could run, I wanted to run...I would go outside with the dog and just run around ...because I could and had the energy to do it! Same with the stairs, I was jogging up the stairs...just because. I fit into my JEANS, than fit in them without flab hanging over the sides, and after a while, I could get in and out of them without undoing them!!! .....LOVED THAT!

Now when I take the dog out I have no urge to run, I can hardly run without being out of breath ...AGAIN! I am once again without energy and feeling frumpy! I put my jeans on the other day, they are to the point that I can hardly squeeze in to them...I have MAJOR Muffin top when I do. I am disgusted with myself! I was sick of seeing people around me ENJOY food, eat the things I LOVED to eat, cake, donuts, loaded baked potatoes, etc etc etc. And I decided I wanted to eat that stuff isn't even healthy! It doesn't power my body, it hardly sustains my body...yet I chose it :( I now remember that feeling of fitting those jeans when they were loose and had no muffin top hanging over, and the feeling of having energy and feeling good about myself..I WANT THAT BACK!!! I started today, not working out, but eating healthy...tomorrow I am adding exercise 5 days a week. I hope you find your motivation is hard...but I remember how worth it it is, I think you will too!!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/1/2013 9:20PM

    I am glad you are back. Starting over sounds a lot better than quitting. Keep coming back. It works if you work it.

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Fitness Victory

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I think I have mentioned before that I work at a facility that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilites. Yesterday I had a situation at work that showed me how much better shape I am in. One of the men we serve decided he wanted to leave the area of supervision without staff (in other words he went AWOL). I was able to jog well enough to keep him in sight and ensure his safety. In the past when I tried this I literally fell down, because my legs would not carry me at a jog. Functional fitness! YEAH!!

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SAINTBETH 10/9/2012 11:04AM

    Wow! Good for you!! Keep up the good work.

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J0ETTE 9/9/2012 8:35AM

    Awesome! I love those kinds of victories! :)

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A-NEW-TARA 9/9/2012 1:03AM

    emoticon that had to feel great!! Way to go!

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PASTORMIKE7 9/8/2012 9:50PM

    Good for you!!!

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Why lose weight and get fit?

Monday, September 03, 2012

Yes...another Spark Coach assignment. Why do I want to lose weight and get fit. There is of course a certain amount of vanity involved. I have a pair of size 10 jeans in my closet I really want to wear again. But deeper than that...I am just tired of being tired. It seems like no matter how much I sleep I am always tired. Just making it through the basic day is a struggle, without trying to do any of the extras I would like to do. I want to be able to go hiking and rock climbing with my son, I want to volunteer to help at church and maybe even do a short term mission trip again, but I am always so tired I just can't imagine how I would manage those things. The first thing to do is to lose the weight and get fit, but while I work on that I am also working on dealing with stress better as that is another contributing factor to being tired. I am also starting to just do some of the activities I want to do. I volunteered yesterday to help at a conference our church is hosting on 9/29. I know God will help me get through the weekend.

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A-NEW-TARA 9/4/2012 10:55AM

    All wonderful reasons for becoming fit, Joyful, I have no doubt you will. You are already well on your way to achieving all your goals and I'm excited to be sharing this journey with you.

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